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A Book Review of the Time Keeper

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Nithya Venkat enjoys sharing her reviews of books that have held her spellbound from beginning till the end.

Mitch Albom - author, screenwriter, journalist, musician and dramatist
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The “Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom takes us back to when there was no knowledge of the concept of time. The story is set in a place where there was no clocks and time was meaningless.

This story revolves around Dor, the main character and the very first person who started counting time in numbers.

The other important characters in this story are Sarah Lemon and Victor. Sarah, a girl, trying to find her true love and Victor, a man in his last stages of illness, fighting for dear life. Ali and Nim are childhood friends of Dor.

Dor, Ali and Nim

In the novel, Dor and Ali are in love with each other. Ali adores Dor and enjoys just being with him not minding the fact that Dor was more engrossed in calculations that made no sense to her. Nim, Dor’s close friend, did not understand and was totally puzzled by Dor’s strange ways. Nim never understood what Dor was doing.

Nim never fully understood the impact of Dor's actions. Dor was always calculating using yard sticks and kept a track of the sun's shadows. He also made different structures on a small scale in an attempt to calculate time.

Dor and Ali get married and have three children. In the meanwhile, Nim gets involved in the mission of building a tower that could reach up to the Gods. His plan was to reach the Gods above and defeat them. Dor does not want to join Nim in helping him build a tower and states that he is busy with his activities of trying to calculate time. This angers Nim and he banishes Dor from his kingdom.

Dor and Ali leave their children with Dor’s parents and head out to the hills to live on the high plains. One day Ali falls seriously ill, Dor runs towards Nim’s kingdom to get help. Suddenly he saw the big tower that was being built and started to climb the stairs. All the other people building the tower follow Dor thinking that it was the call of God.

The tower not being able to bear the weight crashes down. Dor is suddenly lifted up into the clouds and disappears.

Sarah Lemon

Sarah Lemon was a good student who excelled in the subject of science. She was head over heels in love with Ethan but Ethan did not love her back. She knew that it was over when Ethan gave back the watch that she had bought for him for Christmas.

Ethan posted all about Sarah Lemon’s love for him on his Facebook Page and claimed that she was delusional to even think that Ethan could be her boyfriend.

Humiliated, Sarah decided to end her life after reading Ethan’s post on his Facebook page that named and shamed her.

A short introduction to Mitch Albom

  • Mitch Albom is an author, playwright and screenwriter
  • his International Bestseller is “Tuesdays with Morrie”.
  • his first book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” was the Number One New York Times Bestseller.
  • four of his books have been made into TV films
  • also works as a columnist and a broadcaster
  • lives with his wife Janine in Michigan
  • founded several charities in Detroit and Haiti


Victor, a successful businessman, was married to Grace. Everything was okay until one day Victor was told by his oncologist that he had a golf ball sized tumor near his liver.

Victor did not want to die; he wanted to buy more time. He was obsessed with the idea of freezing his body for the future. He believed that one-day science would advance, unfreeze his body and breathe life back into him.

Read on to find out more!!

Dor is banished to the caves for having attempted to calculate time. He is given the opportunity to save himself by saving Sarah from impending death and giving her a second chance in life and by preventing Victor from following his wish of freezing his body in the hope of being revived in the future.

Read the book to find out how the story goes. You will be spellbound and will not keep the book down till you reach the very end.

My Verdict

I enjoyed reading "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom. I rediscovered the concept of time through the words of Mitch Albom, written with a mix of magic and truth. A truly enjoyable read.

Read the book and enjoy.

© 2013 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      torrilynn yes it is a great book to read, thank you for your visit and vote up.

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      6 years ago

      Seems like an interesting read indeed. Thanks for the interesting review. Voted up.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 this book is great to read. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the review of this book. I enjoy a good mystery now and then.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for your visit and yes I love books that keep me on my tip toes till the end.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from the beautiful south

      It does sound very good and like a really easy read. I love books like that that keep you hanging on til the end. Time is valuable and all books should be like that. Thanks for the review! ^

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Eiddwen thank you, have a great day and sending lots of love across.

      tillsontitan you will enjoy the book, go ahead and read it. Thank you for the many votes.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Well, it would appear from your review that there is a cross-over of time in the Time Keeper. Sounds like the kind of book I would enjoy, especially after reading your review.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Vellur as always a wonderful read. Wishing you a great day and lots of love from Wales.


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you for your visit and appreciation.

      suzettenaples yes this book is very interesting. Am so glad you enjoyed reading this, thank you.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great book review. I have read this book and I was so interested in a time in life where time was an unknown quantity. That Dor was trying to harness time and figure it out was so interesting to me. You did we'll in not giving away the stories here. I enjoyed reading this!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Book Review of the Time Keeper is a well approached book review and you always present such informative hubs thank you.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      always exploring this is a great book to read, thank you.

      Faith Reaper thank you for stopping by. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Great book review. It sounds like an interesting storyline about no concept of time with no clocks.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your review of the book is really good and very interesting. I believe you are correct in stating that the book is so good, you didn't want to put it down. It is the type of book i would enjoy reading. Thank you....


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